County clerk open for Valentines weddings

February 9, 2009 11:08:40 AM PST
The San Mateo County Clerk's Office will open on Valentine's Day for couples who want to marry on what may be the most popular day for nuptials all year, according to Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum.

The county clerk's office is not normally open on Saturdays but plans to make an exception because last year 19 couples were married on Valentine's Day, Slocum said.

Those who want to marry on Valentine's Day are encouraged to reserve a spot early. The Friday before Valentine's Day, Feb. 13, is also quickly becoming a popular day to book a wedding, according to Slocum.

The clerk's office also holds a special tradition on Valentine's Day to give every bridge a long-stem red rose to celebrate their wedding, Slocum said.

The San Mateo County Chapel, which offers an Internet connection to allow those marrying to share their wedding with family and friends unable to attend, as well as the option to purchase a recording for $50, will waive the fee for couples who make an advance reservation to marry on Valentine's Day, according to Slocum.

The clerk's office is located at 555 County Center in Redwood City. Those who wish to make a reservation may call (650) 363-4500, ext. 6063.


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